Ministry of Agriculture and Food
For the first time forest tree seeds are officially deposited and stored in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. The Norwegian Minister of Agriculture and Food, Sylvi Listhaug together with her Swedish and Danish colleagues Sven-Erik Bucht and Dan Jørgensen, carried the first boxes of Nordic forest tree seeds in to the vault today. This is an important contribution to the conservation of genetic resources.
The vault hold the seeds of many tens of thousands of varieties of essential food crops such as beans, wheat and rice. In total, the vault now holds seeds of more than 4000 plant species. These seed samples are duplicates of seed sample stores in national, regional and international gene banks.
The Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO) will be Norway’s largest interdisciplinary research institute in the agricultural and environmental sphere, and one of Norway’s largest research institutes. Alvhild Hedstein has been appointed Director General.
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